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5 Million People Reading. What It Takes.

May 22, 2014 By

Lila Tretikov with David Risher

Way back at the beginning of Worldreader, my friend Mike Sundermeyer told me a story about commitment that goes like this: A pig and a chicken were walking down the road. They passed a church and notice that a potluck charity breakfast was under way. Inspired to help, the pig suggested to the chicken that they … Continue Reading →

The School in Kenya with 49,000 E-Books: A New Program

December 4, 2013 By

St. Als 3

Two weeks ago, something pretty exciting happened in the world of education! With the Society of Jesus in Eastern Africa, Worldreader launched the largest single deployment of e-readers (EVER!) at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School in Nairobi, Kenya. The impact? Besides St. Al’s being the 27th school in Kenya to implement our e-reader program, 49,000 African … Continue Reading →

Malawi Children With More Books Thanks to European Partner

October 30, 2013 By

student training active africa

Last week we launched our second e-reader program in Malawi. We’ve teamed up with Active Africa, our first major European Kits sponsor, to further improve literacy in Africa by bringing 5000 digital books and 50 e-readers to the Padre Pio Lusangzi Secondary School in Mzuzu. Worldreader’s Kimberlee Johnson was at the launch inaugurating the program with the Active Africa … Continue Reading →

Books for All Expanding Thanks to a Partnership with Books for Africa

July 16, 2013 By

Worldreader & Books for Africa

We’re thrilled to announce that Books For Africa, a leading non-profit shipper of books, has joined forces with Worldreader to send e-books and e-readers to schools and students across Africa in the coming months. Worldreader’s strength in providing life-changing e-books and e-readers for schools in Africa combined with Books For Africa’s impressive distribution network across the continent will … Continue Reading →

E-books for Twenty Schools in Kenya. Count ‘em: 20!

February 25, 2013 By

Suhum primary students celebrating!

  What an incredible two weeks at Worldreader! We’ve got a new e-reader program in Ghana impacting 1800 children and families. We’ve also launched a new program in Nairobi, Kenya, changing the lives of 500 children. And today we’re thrilled to share with you that in partnership with the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) International sponsored by USAID, we’ve … Continue Reading →

Powering Reading, Empowering Lives

September 17, 2012 By

Ayenyah solar cells

By Jessica Buster One of the first questions anyone encountering Worldreader’s projects for the first time asks is, “How do you recharge an e-reader in Africa?” There are a lot of different answers to this question, some of which have been mentioned on the blog before. The thing that makes these answers different is the … Continue Reading →

Decreasing Our Breakage Rate

June 8, 2012 By

creative-art-project

Written by the Worldreader Research & Operations Team In his book The Fifth Discipline, MIT Professor Peter Senge defines a learning organization as a place “where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where … Continue Reading →

News: We ♥ Kenyan publishers

March 16, 2012 By

With Susan from Jacaranda-- outside the Nairobi National Museum

I just returned from a whirlwind four day trip to Nairobi; my mission to partner with more Kenyan publishers and get more great local books for Worldreader students. On the relaxing Swiss Air flight out, in between sobbing over “The Descendants” and giggling over “Tower Heist”, I jotted down my goals for the trip.  I … Continue Reading →